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Morning Skate Report: Jets vs Ducks

7:00 pm CT - TV: TSN 3; Radio: 680 CJOB/Power 97

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - The big night has finally arrived, as the Winnipeg Jets (0-2-1) will finally get to play in front of their home fans at Canada Life Centre after three games on the road.

"There is a good buzz there this morning," head coach Paul Maurice said of the morning skate. "It's been a long time since we've had our fans in this building."

There were fans in the preseason, but fans, players, and coaches would all agree that the regular season - with points on the line in the standings - brings far more energy.

In fact, it has been 591 days since the Jets played a regular season game in front of a full building in downtown Winnipeg.

"I'm excited when we get on the scoreboard tonight for there to be some cheering. It hasn't been that way the last couple games," said defenceman Nate Schmidt. "When you go on the road, it's fun to feed off energy, but it's not your energy - it's the energy from the other team's crowd. To have the energy from your own crowd is something that means a lot more."

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Thomas' Five Storylines - WPG vs. ANA

Home Opener, Covid Situation and more!

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / WinnipegJets.com

HOME OPENER

After seeing three games on the road where the fans in Anaheim, San Jose and St. Paul were loud and involved, the Jets finally get to have that in their favour for the home opener. Canada Life Centre will welcome a full building tonight for the first time since March 9, 2020. Winnipeg has won their last three home openers including last year's overtime victory against the Calgary Flames. 

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Jets recall forward Dominic Toninato from the Manitoba Moose

Toninato, 27, has played two games for the Moose this season and has one assist

by Winnipeg Jets PR @WpgJetsPR / Press Release

WINNIPEG, October 21, 2021 - The Winnipeg Jets announced today they have recalled forward Dominic Toninato from the Manitoba Moose.

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GAMEDAY: Jets vs Ducks

7:00 pm CT - TV: TSN 3; Radio: 680 CJOB/Power 97

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Jets host the Anaheim Ducks tonight in the home opener at Canada Life Centre.

Check back later today for the Morning Skate Report, and tune into the JetsTV Live Pregame Show presented by Budweiser beginning at 10:30 am CT across all digital plaltforms - Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WinnipegJets.com and the Winnipeg Jets Mobile App.

-- Mitchell Clinton, WinnipegJets.com

Game Notes

The Jets have won three consecutive home openers.

Winnipeg surpassed their goal total from its first two games (4) by scoring five times on Tuesday against Minnesota.

Josh Morrissey and Pierre-Luc Dubois tallied Winnipeg's first two power play goals of the season on Tuesday. The Jets had eight games last season with two power play goals.

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Jets assign forward Cole Perfetti to the Manitoba Moose

Perfetti, 19, made his NHL debut for the Jets on Oct. 13 in Anaheim

by Winnipeg Jets PR @WpgJetsPR / Press Release

WINNIPEG, October 21, 2021 - The Winnipeg Jets announced today they have assigned forward Cole Perfetti to the Manitoba Moose.

Perfetti, 19, made his NHL debut for the Jets on Oct. 13 in Anaheim and he also suited up for the club on Oct. 16 in San Jose. Winnipeg's 2020 first round pick (tenth overall) is playing in his second professional season after he split the 2020-21 campaign between the Jets taxi squad and the Manitoba Moose where he finished second on the team in points (26) and assists (17).

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Jets end road trip with tough overtime loss in Minnesota

Connor, Scheifele, and Copp combine for eight points in loss

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

ST. PAUL - There were 11 goals combined between the Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night, but it's the goal that didn't count that made the difference.

With the Jets leading 5-4, Mark Scheifele potted an empty netter with just over a minute to go to give the Jets a two-goal cushion.

Until the Wild challenged for offside, and Kyle Connor was just a shade offside.

The goal was taken off the board and that seemed to jolt the Wild, who tied the game with under a minute to go in regulation on a goal from Marcus Foligno, then Joel Eriksson Ek scored a power play goal in overtime to hand the Jets a heartbreaking 6-5 overtime loss.

"I thought I was good. Obviously, I looked at too, I was off-side there," Connor said after the game. "Just one of those things, a little attention to detailed by me. It stands out, easy as that."

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Thomas' Five Storylines - WPG @ MIN

Wheeler Out, Back in the Central and more

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / WinnipegJets.com

NO CAPTAIN TONIGHT

Blake Wheeler will not be in the Jets lineup tonight as he entered the league's COVID-protocol on Monday. The Jets top line will look different for a third consecutive contest with Andrew Copp moving into Wheeler's spot on the right side with Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor. The power play will also have different personal against the Wild this evening. Nate Schmidt will quarterback the first power play unit with Pierre-Luc Dubois, Kyle Connor, Mark Scheifele and Riley Nash. Unit two will feature Josh Morrissey, Neal Pionk, Nikolaj Ehlers, Paul Stastny and Copp. Also, Paul Maurice will dress 11 forwards and seven defencemen. Nathan Beaulieu comes in and Cole Perfetti comes out.

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Morning Skate Report: Jets at Wild

7:00 pm CT - TV: TSN 3; Radio: 680 CJOB/Power 97

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

ST. PAUL - Blake Wheeler won't be in the line-up tonight as the Winnipeg Jets (0-2-0) conclude a three-game road trip tonight against the Minnesota Wild (2-0-0) at Xcel Energy Center.

The official update from the team came following Tuesday's morning skate, that the Jets captain has tested positive for COVID-19. Even more important than the game tonight, Wheeler's teammates are hoping for the best for their captain.

"Obviously, it sucks for him and all that you hope is that he's feeling fine and he comes back feeling good," said Mark Scheifele. "Losing a guy like that is always tough, but you need guys to step up in that situation and we've got the guys to do it. We all have to rally together and step up tonight." 

Head coach Paul Maurice felt his team was, understandably, "tight" during Monday's practice after hearing Wheeler had entered the league's Covid protocol.

Today, he felt they were able to focus a bit better.

"I think we focus on today, the guys that are playing," Maurice said. "Then we'll make sure he gets lots of phone calls as soon as he's feeling 100 per cent."

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GAMEDAY: Jets at Wild

7:00 pm CT - TV: TSN 3; Radio: 680 CJOB/Power 97

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

ST. PAUL - The Winnipeg Jets conclude a season-opening three-game road trip tonight in Minnesota against the Wild.

Stay tuned for the Morning Skate Report and the JetsTV Road Report as it comes available.

Game Notes

The Jets are making their first time to Minnesota since Jan. 4, 2020 when they lost 3-2 in overtime.

No member of the Jets has registered multiple points yet this season, but 11 players have one point.

Nikolaj Ehlers isn't one of the 11 players with a point, but he leads the team with 10 shots.

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